Skip to main content

Grateful Dead Live at Dane County Coliseum on 1973-10-25

Audio Preview

Grateful Dead Live at Dane County Coliseum on 1973-10-25

Topics Live concert

Bertha, Big River, Here Comes Sunshine, Black Throated Wind, They Love Each Other, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain, Deal, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Playing In The Band China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Me & My Uncle, Dark Star-> Mind Left Body Jam-> Dark Star-> Eyes Of The World-> Stella Blue, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Dane County Coliseum
Location Madison, WI

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD Master Reel > ? > DAT > CD-R > EAC (secure) > Cool Edit(minor cleanup) > CDWAV > mkwat > SHN


SBD Master Reel > ? > DAT > CD-R > EAC (secure) > Cool Edit(minor cleanup) > CDWAV > mkwact(seekable) via wi-jams, cleanup and encoding by Matt Vernon.


Reviewer: cadavis - - June 28, 2015
Subject: This Site is a Rip Off
So let me get this are allowed to upload as many shows as you want to your site for free, but you wont let anyone download them for free - only stream them...why should I upload anything to your site? How do you justify this unethical behavior? The Grateful Dead even sold special tickets to those who wanted to tape - Jerry is rolling over in his grave - who do you people think you are?
Reviewer: kochman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2014
Subject: Great 2nd set!
Bertha, by the time they get the kinks out of the SBD, Jerry is ready to offer up his solo, nails it.
Big River is fun, and the early placement coming on the heels of Bertha equals energy boost!
HC Sunshine the jam session is pretty cool, Bob is particularly interesting behind Jerry as they start nearing the verse. There is only a short jam out of the song, but overall enjoyable.
BTW is kind of disjointed. They put it together a little more at the end.
TLEO, they keep it back together with a nice TLEO, though I can barely hear Billy or Phil.
Mexicali, Bobby loves a chance to play his polka.
TN Jed is cut!
LLR is cut!
Deal is cut!
El Paso comes in on a cut… SQ is lower also.
Row Jimmy also comes in on a cut, and kind of plods along.
PITB starts into the jam nice and slowly, stays mellow and cool for some minutes. Things start picking up around the 8 minute mark, but I really don’t dig Keith’s playing here, again, somewhat disjointed. It starts flowing a little better at around 9:30 when Keith steps back, and they head into a spacey jam. It never really peaks my interest… the reprise has decent energy.

China>Rider to open the second is a mediocre version, which at this point is disappointing.
MAMU is higher octane, I don’t think it could be otherwise. This is a good call to get the boys ready for the meat sequence.
Dark Star Jam>MLB>Dark Star>Eyes>Stella
Dark Star comes in slowly, and within 5 minutes they head into an MLB Jam before the verse, which was a nice touch. It lasts for two minute before they delve back into the star in an exploratory fashion. 6 minutes into the second DS segment, the verse comes, the pace having picked up a bit leading up to it. After the verse it goes into serious, creepy space. Billy has taken a break it appears. Ironically, this is the most exciting part of this Dark Star… they are heading into Tiger, and there’s a cut! No! Argh, it gets really weird and enjoyable after this, if the Tiger occurred, I can’t be sure… anyhow, it’s a pretty cool part of the sequence… which then dives into the Eyes of the World. The Eyes has a great tempo and the jam segments are spot on. Actually one of the better Eyes of the era, achieving X factor while exploring new turns, A+. This is followed up by Stella featuring an exceptional climax.
Beautiful is a great adjective to describe the opening notes of WRS. I will accuse Bobby of overzealous singing during “Part 1”. LIG is very energetic, with Keith knowing his place and staying in it well, supporting cast. Bobby plays well during the jams, but of course Garcia steals the show. As the blazing LIG dies out, GDTRFB steps right on in. Solid efforts from Jerome and Keith shine through.

Encore: UJB is a nice touch to finish off a great 2nd set.

Performance Summary
The first set is decent, but the massive missing block is upsetting. The BTW really steps in it, unfortunately. The second set, after a lackluster C>R, is pretty much gold.

Sound Quality
B, where it isn’t cut, the show sounds pretty good though I can barely hear Phil, and hear Billy only slightly better in the first set. Billy much more audible in the second, Phil, not… maybe he was just having an off night?
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2013
Subject: -
Not a bad show.
Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2013
Subject: sicknessssssssssss
amazing wow omg everything that can be said has been already. But wow WTF THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SHOWS WHERE AM SURE THE THINGS WE DID AT SHOWS MUST OF BLOWN PEOPLE AWAY. had to use the caps just no other way to express the beauty of this one. It gets 5 stars
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2012
Subject: --
I completely hear Latvala on this one; there is just something so mysterious about this show - seems to come up from somewhere very deep in that dark psychedelic pool...there isn't, save the extremes in Dark Star, anything outright that stands out from this show, at least for '73...but it just seems that every song is touched with some kind of magic, a subtle, soft, haunting magic we are used to hearing in '73 shows but here, on this flawed, start/stop recording, really does seem to be an elusive sort of muse-guide for the boys.

I think the fact that so many of the tracks on this show aren't all the way finished, or missing outright, or in need of a patch, just further deepens the mystery - I seriously doubt there will ever be a day when we are treated to a full version of this show, but until then I'll call this my Magnificent Ambersons of Grateful Dead concerts.

I hold 10/25/73 in a very special place, but it is an unabashedly subjective stance; I can't expect others to fully grasp the beauty if looking at this show as 'just another 73 show', which it is....but it really isn't....
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2011
Subject: Thanks Dick
One year Dick knew what he was talking about was 1973...this show is kick-ass start to finish, and probably the 2nd best October show after 10/19.

Strong Bertha, HCSS, Playin' and China>Rider in set one, transcendent Dark Star, Eyes and Let it Grow in set two. You need this...
Reviewer: tezro - - April 25, 2011
Subject: ??
"Reviewer: Zaorish -]February 24, 2010
Subject: It's 1973, but it's good
1973...A year usually known for its coma-inducing, soporific jams with low sbd quality."

1973 is known by me as the GD's peak year...if you like flowing, liquid full-band jazz improvisation you'll like this and most every fall 73 show.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2010
Subject: 10-25-73
Very good show but it gets even better in November and December. For those of you who it bothers you can definitely hear the tape hiss. There's a few songs missing and some cuts but overall I liked the sound.
Reviewer: bendbadgersteve - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2010
Subject: First Show
First time I'd seen the band. Forty of us hired a busdriver and came up from Waukesha for an incredible evening. My perfect lineup with just Bill at the drums and, basically, a snappy lil' pyschedelic country band.

Uh huh! Dug it totally and knew I would. Ended up going to school in Madison and saw them twice more there and a bunch of times in Eugene but never as on as they were this night. Band was in shape those days. Big time. Garcia's vocals were still strong and everything was groovy.
Reviewer: Krusty the Baker - - March 2, 2010
Subject: why all the debate?
What is it with people here? Bicker bicker bicker.

This is a cracking set. Off to a slightly dodgy start, but around half way through 'Bertha' Jerry gives it all a good kick up the arse, and they rock on from there. The first set is good, not great, 'HCS' and 'Row Jimmy' stand out - I'm not a great lover of the latter, so that really says something about the quality here.

The second set is, as everyone does seem to agree, ace. But it was also an ace year. 'Eyes' and 'Stella' are really worth the effort of a capture here, if you know what you're doing, and ignore certain recommendations made elsewhere here, it really is a lot simpler, you just need the right browser.

What stands out on this set is Keith. Jerry really needed good keyboard players - he obviously knew it too, probably because he was a fair pianist himself. Consider the way he worked so well with Keith, Brent, Bruce, and also Merl Saunders. The pyanner is just plinkety plonketing droplets of magic throughout this set, setting off some sharp guitar.

Sound quality is ok - there are some pops and fades, and a lot of hiss, but it is not the worst by a long chalk. We're spoilt - bootlegs of a lot of bands are truly ghastly, faded, uncared for, and originally recorded in somebody's pocket, or on a dictaphone. And we get this quantity and quality.

Love it
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2010
Subject: It's 1973, but it's good
1973...A year usually known for its coma-inducing, soporific jams with low sbd quality. The one thing about the year, though, is even though the Dark Stars sound as if the entire band is asleep, once in a while a beautiful Major MLB jam will come bubbling up out of the darkness. That's what initially drew me to the show. So I decided to give the whole thing a spin as I was falling alseep one night.

Wow! The first set certainly sucked, although the Playin' becomes quite dreamy at one point. But the second...Damn! Pure God-given joy packed into MP3 files. The Dark Star is surprisingly sweet and melodic with a great understated MLB. Eyes actually contains some very unique turns relative to other early 70's versions (77 and 78 are waaay better for this song). The WRS is slow and sweet, with a very bouncy and groovy Let it Grow. And the GDTRFB is really your reward--it's got bounce, fun, emotion, and a variety of unique and tender jams from Jerry.

Sound quality is excellent throughout. This show is worth the download for the second set. (And yes, it is still possible to download these shows--it's easier than the guy below lets on. You just gotta poke around...)
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" October 25, 1973 at the Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI, U.S.A.


Super 73' Soundboard...

A "Must Have" show.

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer.

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

For easy streaming or downloading use RealPlayer. Click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1973 it sounds just like I remember it...My Senior Year in High School.

PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW

Remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" link to get the poster for this show...
Reviewer: Chicken Shack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2009
Subject: '73 bliss
w.r.s eyes dark star is what '73 is all about. This show is beautifully played. 72-74 is the era for me
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2008
Subject: Be Patient. This Is A Great One -- Like Ali.
Was told by Fishman that this show was a Dick Latvala favorite and one that he frothed at the mouth over.

The entire concert is well-played. First set has numerous glitches, etc. You need to ignore the flaws and listen to the music -- it's mostly very satisfying, curiously exciting -- something for everyone in this one.

All first set songs are energized and enthusiastic versions but they are somewhat marred in playback, but by the time it's wound it's way into PITB the sound problems have melted and we're left with a torchingly hot pure torture. Miraculously, the sound retains its integrity, though there exists some clipping on the bass.

China>Rider is long and lagubriously inticing all at once and backing off. The Dark Star>Mind Left Body Jam>Dark Star is totally polarizing from hot to cold, dark to light, sour to sweet, yes, and gliding generously into a grandly auspicious Eyes.

No matter what you are doing, this music draws you in, and you just momentarily drop whatever you're doing and assume the listening.

This Eyes is one of their best kept secrets. It's an honor to uncover a show on the Archives like this show. It was not recommended by buddies, or other sources, but it came about from searching. I felt compelled to make a big deal out of sharing this show. Then, that said, I received from various sources the confirmation that there was an obvious reason why Latvala held this show in such esteem.

From Eyes they fall back into the Mind Left Jam and casually (SUPERCHARGED) wend their way into a very sweet, yet very powerful Stella. It knocked my socks off -- literally! Stella, being two songs in one, features two of those seven chord progressions, one to end the first half and one to end the second and the latter comes up so subtle it will blow your shoes and socks off. Just hoist them up to your speakers. Why, in latter Stella performances, did they drop the seven chord codas? Too cliche'?

The WPS Prelude>WPS Part I>LIG>GDTRFB is a knockout! -- Right Left Muhammad Ali Combinations 'til your jaw hurts and your chest pounds out of synch! Jerry's Wolf hunts you down and snaps your windpipe.

It takes a mean and savage Saturday Night to bring us down to the gritty earth and a softly magnificent UJB to give us wings back to the nest.

People ask why the GD dropped the Weather Report Suite, Mind Left, and HCS after 1974. It's not that they were cliche', it's just that the band couldn't play 'em any more -- they were too difficult to play. They reached their peak on those efforts around this time (1973-74) and dutifully readjusted.
Reviewer: bigtim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2005
Subject: Upgrade is Needed
This is a truly wonderful show, one of the best of 1973. However, an upgrade for this version is urgently required. I have heard analog cassettes of the soundboard which are clearly superior. I hope that a seed which reflects the excellent quality of the source material will eventually appear. 5+ stars for performance, 3 stars for the sound on this download.
Reviewer: Matt Vernon - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2004
Subject: Flaw report
This was posted in the "error reports" but it should be long here as it describes some flaws of this seed.

This show if full of cuts/patches/missing songs and there's a big segment cut out of the Dark Star.
This is one of the best 1973 shows so it's a big shame, and I am pretty sure there's a much better source of this show out there that could replace this one.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: Fall colors
I agree with Mr. L, almost. A very special show, only in perspective of the other great Nov-Dec shows to come does it look like a runner-up. Just got this show last week. The PLayin and China>Rider are played with conviction. The Dark Star is one of the weirder ones, but the Mind Left Body Jam (premiered on 10/19, a Dick's Picks)is very strong, with a jazzy Eyes and gorgeous soulful Stella from Jerry. Definitely one of the better shows of the fall tour. A few glitches here and there, but not as many as other 73 shows I've noticed on LAMA. Wonder why so many 73 shows have patches as compared to 72? A tasty listen nonetheless.
Dr. Flashback ;-}
Reviewer: nick berard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2004
Subject: somethings missing
This is one of the top shows in my collection. However the deepest craziest creepiest part of the Darkstar jam seems to be missing from this version. There is a break in the middle and somehow seems to be flowing out just as they were taking another step in to some funky stuff. I have a not so great analog of this show with the whole thing and it does go deeeep. Thanks for the great quality recording. It does smoke!
Reviewer: xonix - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2004
Subject: Great pick for '73
Very nice setlist. I don't really like the Dark Star because its one of those ones that start of pretty nice but gradually become more and more chaotic till it hurts your ears. However there's a sweet remedy for all that hard listening... Eyes Of The World! All the performances and jams are great... plus the setlist is fine. 5 star show.
Reviewer: A.J.K. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2004
Subject: One of Dick's favorite shows
And this is what he wrote about it:

"Now we get to one of the all-time, out-of-this-world kind of shows: 10/25/73. I really can't say enough about this one! The first set is very good, but it is the second set that does you in. The "China Cat->Rider" is one of the better ones from that era...The "Dark star->Eyes->Stella Blue" is where the action is! There are "jams" surrounding these songs that Contain some very, very scary and unbelievable playing. A bass sound that Phil employs here will pretty much have you seriously thinking that this might be too much! Obviously words will never get this described very well, at least not my words...the most uncompromising show in G.D. history perhaps--10/25/73!!" - Dick Latvala
info Stream Only
Stream playlist
( VBR )
In Collection
Grateful Dead
In Collection
Live Music Archive
Uploaded by
Jonathan Aizen
on 4/5/2004
SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 768,925
favorite 632
comment 183
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 183 reviews )
Source: Soundboard
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 2,435
favorite 3
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Source: MSR > D > CD > EAC > WAV > CD > EAC > WAV > FLAC
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 96,761
favorite 138
comment 66
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 66 reviews )
Source: Soundboard
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 17,735
favorite 20
comment 20
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 20 reviews )
Source: D5>Nakamichi 300 Shotguns in front of thestage 10th row
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 41,199
favorite 39
comment 29
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 29 reviews )
Source: Soundboard
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 105,522
favorite 169
comment 33
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 33 reviews )
Source: SBD> DAT> ZA2> Soundforge 4> CD Architect> CDR> EAC> shn
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 63,758
favorite 71
comment 53
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 53 reviews )
Source: Soundboard
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 7,105
favorite 4
comment 7
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Source: (2) Beyers 160/(2) Nakamichi 300+CPI (Front of Board)> Master Cassette> DAT> CDR
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 75,605
favorite 142
comment 57
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 57 reviews )
Source: Soundboard
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 39,542
favorite 43
comment 29
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 29 reviews )
Source: Soundboard